GROUP DISCUSSION: The Green Mile

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GNTLGNT

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....one of the most profound things I've ever seen on the printed page......

“I'm rightly tired of the pain I hear and feel, boss. I'm tired of bein on the road, lonely as a robin in the rain. Not never havin no buddy to go on with or tell me where we's comin from or goin to or why. I'm tired of people bein ugly to each other. It feels like pieces of glass in my head. I'm tired of all the times I've wanted to help and couldn't. I'm tired of bein in the dark. Mostly it's the pain. There's too much. If I could end it, I would. But I can't.”
 

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....one of the most profound things I've ever seen on the printed page......

“I'm rightly tired of the pain I hear and feel, boss. I'm tired of bein on the road, lonely as a robin in the rain. Not never havin no buddy to go on with or tell me where we's comin from or goin to or why. I'm tired of people bein ugly to each other. It feels like pieces of glass in my head. I'm tired of all the times I've wanted to help and couldn't. I'm tired of bein in the dark. Mostly it's the pain. There's too much. If I could end it, I would. But I can't.”
That's the exact section I copied earlier, intending to share. I agree. Who can't sympathize with that?
 

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....didn't mean to steal your thunder, but the big fella is one of the most beautiful characters that Steve has ever drawn with his words....
No problem, I just thought it was funny we chose the exact same one. Guess it has become somewhat iconic (so to speak) because of the film. Coffey is a special character, no doubt.
 

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....one of the most profound things I've ever seen on the printed page......

“I'm rightly tired of the pain I hear and feel, boss. I'm tired of bein on the road, lonely as a robin in the rain. Not never havin no buddy to go on with or tell me where we's comin from or goin to or why. I'm tired of people bein ugly to each other. It feels like pieces of glass in my head. I'm tired of all the times I've wanted to help and couldn't. I'm tired of bein in the dark. Mostly it's the pain. There's too much. If I could end it, I would. But I can't.”
Isn't that an amazing piece of writing?

I didn't reread this doc so don't feel I can join the convo properly, but I want to say, I remember when this first started coming out. Those little books. I was quite literally champing at the bit to get the next installment. I loved the fact Stephen brought an old school way of marketing to my attention (like, was it Poe that did serials? Or Dickens?) But I just loved it.

Amazing work. I have never seen the whole movie. I have seen lots of scenes, but I have never sat down and watched from beginning to end. There is just so much pain in Michael Clarke Duncan's performance. May he rest in peace.
 

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Isn't that an amazing piece of writing?

I didn't reread this doc so don't feel I can join the convo properly, but I want to say, I remember when this first started coming out. Those little books. I was quite literally champing at the bit to get the next installment. I loved the fact he brought an old school way of marketing to my attention (like, was it Poe that did serials? Or Dickens?) But I just loved it.

Amazing work. I have never seen the whole movie. I have seen lots of scenes, but I have never sat down and watched from beginning to end. There is just so much pain in Michael Clarke Duncan's performance. May he rest in peace.
When Michael Clarke Duncan died in real life I cried like a baby. I just found him to be an excellent actor for the roll of John Coffey. Not sure anyone else could have done such an excellent job.
 

GNTLGNT

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Isn't that an amazing piece of writing?

I didn't reread this doc so don't feel I can join the convo properly, but I want to say, I remember when this first started coming out. Those little books. I was quite literally champing at the bit to get the next installment. I loved the fact Stephen brought an old school way of marketing to my attention (like, was it Poe that did serials? Or Dickens?) But I just loved it.

Amazing work. I have never seen the whole movie. I have seen lots of scenes, but I have never sat down and watched from beginning to end. There is just so much pain in Michael Clarke Duncan's performance. May he rest in peace.
....my understanding is that he wrote these in such a way as to mirror the old "cliffhanger" movie shorts back in the day.....
 

king family fan

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Isn't that an amazing piece of writing?

I didn't reread this doc so don't feel I can join the convo properly, but I want to say, I remember when this first started coming out. Those little books. I was quite literally champing at the bit to get the next installment. I loved the fact Stephen brought an old school way of marketing to my attention (like, was it Poe that did serials? Or Dickens?) But I just loved it.

Amazing work. I have never seen the whole movie. I have seen lots of scenes, but I have never sat down and watched from beginning to end. There is just so much pain in Michael Clarke Duncan's performance. May he rest in peace.
....my understanding is that he wrote these in such a way as to mirror the old "cliffhanger" movie shorts back in the day.....
I have been very lucky to find several sets of these at our local used bookstore. I have gifted several. I love to read it in this form as Not to have to take a whole book along and can just slip a couple in my purse to read at the doctor or while waiting to pick my son it.
 

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the idea “struck a bright spark in my imagination.” From the serialized stories in the Saturday Evening Post of his childhood, he has “always loved stories told in episodes.”
King started thinking about the project after a casual comment on Dickens from British publisher Malcom Edwards when he was a house guest at the Long Island home of King’s foreign rights agent, Ralph Vicinanza. The author actually put aside several other projects to tackle “The Green Mile” and is now on location in Colorado overseeing the filming of a television movie based on his novel “The Shining.”
In a charmingly personal letter to his readers that appears in the first installment, King says the serial idea attracted him partly because he remembers being appalled at his mother “peeking at the end of an Agatha Christie paperback while her finger held her actual place around page 50.” He also recalls his own pleasure in reading the Saturday Evening Post serials and feeling “an almost equal participant with the writer.”

 

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the idea “struck a bright spark in my imagination.” From the serialized stories in the Saturday Evening Post of his childhood, he has “always loved stories told in episodes.”
King started thinking about the project after a casual comment on Dickens from British publisher Malcom Edwards when he was a house guest at the Long Island home of King’s foreign rights agent, Ralph Vicinanza. The author actually put aside several other projects to tackle “The Green Mile” and is now on location in Colorado overseeing the filming of a television movie based on his novel “The Shining.”
In a charmingly personal letter to his readers that appears in the first installment, King says the serial idea attracted him partly because he remembers being appalled at his mother “peeking at the end of an Agatha Christie paperback while her finger held her actual place around page 50.” He also recalls his own pleasure in reading the Saturday Evening Post serials and feeling “an almost equal participant with the writer.”

thank-you .i found this very interesting. Green Mile is one of my favorites.